Re: Dying embers of copyright
Actually copyright "began impinging directly on the public mind" because technology enabled both creators to create and consumers to copy, from home taping through to computer files.
It works both ways and it's still valid. I have put a deal of effort into astrophotography over the years, largely due to technology making it possible, and I'd not like for a freeloader to use my work for their own benefit without at least credit. I have been asked, and granted, permission to use certain of these photos over the years and never felt that I had to say no. Some educational publishers gave me a fee although the admin involved means I now granted them to use it free of charge. But that's not to say I would do the same for any organisation, depending on the intended use.
You say Copyright is bad law because it's difficult to enforce. So is enforcement of not stealing bicycles in London. But it's not bad law that stealing bikes is illegal.